Original description as Tropheus duboisi:
- Marlier, G.. 1959. "Observations sur la biologie littorale du Lac Tanganyika". Revue de Zoologie et Botanique Africaines. 164-183 (crc00236)
Conservation: Tropheus duboisi is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (2006). This restricted range species is rather sensitive to over exploitation for the aquarium trade; the "Maswa" form is reputedly over fished, and is less often available in the imports.